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'It's an inter-imperialist rivalry': Marxists across the world condemn US, NATO, Russia

By Harsh Thakor* 

We are entering a grave situation with the current Ukraine war. While socialist forces world over do not condone NATO, American wnd Russian war games, their statements reflect how the working people have been robbed of all their rights in wars and how the rival countries have endorsed fascism.
Some Russian lawmakers, unlike the official Russian Communist party, give no justification for the Russian attack on Ukraine.“I condemn the unjustified strategy of the West and the double standards of their policies, promoting their interests by changing the legitimate authority in the states in dispute and seizing new territories under the false slogans of defending democracy. I also condemn the Russian government, which has started to use the same double standards. We used the recognition of DNR and LNR to hide a plan for full-scale war with our closest neighbour", said Oleg Smolin and Mikhail Matveyaev.
The German Women’s Committee said, “The current Ukrainian regime is a gang of national traitors, agents of foreign imperialists who employ fascist legions in pursuit of holding on to Power and smashing any resistance of the working class and the people of Ukraine. It was installed through a German-supported coup and these criminals now act as the champions of the interests of the Yankee imperialism in its confrontation with Russian imperialism.”
It pointed out, ‘The German imperialists did not want this conflict at this moment, it will make it more difficult for them to unfold their own plans, but being a cynical gang of bloodsuckers, headed by the Mafioso Scholz [Olaf Scholz, Chancellor of Germany], master of intrigue and dirty deals, they will try to get as much out of the situation as possible. The German troops in Eastern Europe, who once again -- like the Hitlerite fascists -- follow the steps of the genocidal Teutonic Order [Catholic German crusaders and mercenaries], should be called back immediately.”
It added, “The Bundeswehr [German armed forces] is the army of German imperialism and should be disarmed and replaced by the general arming of the proletariat and the people. NATO is a warmongering band of murderers and should be destroyed.”
It continued, “The proletariat and peoples of Ukraine and Russia have nothing to win in the imperialist war, they are nothing but cannon-fodder or part of the spoils in this parasitic feud. We are sure that the proletariat and peoples in both countries will remember the eternal bond that was forged in blood in the Great October Socialist Revolution, in the defense of the dictatorship of the proletariat, in the construction of socialism, and particularly in the Great Patriotic War of the Soviet Union [World War II].”
The Communist Party of Greece, dissecting important factors involved in the Ukraine war, said, “For at least a decade now, the people of Ukraine have been paying the price for the competition and interventions over the division of markets and spheres of influence between on the one hand the USA, NATO, and the EU and the strategy of ‘Euro-Atlantic enlargement' and on the other hand the strategy of the capitalist Russian Federation for its own exploitative plans against the peoples, aiming to strengthen its own imperialist coalition (Eurasian Economic Union, Collective Security Treaty Organization) in the former USSR region.”
It explained how the fall of the Soviet Union delivered aa”mortal blow to the germinating of any progressive anti-imperialist movement and crystallised the division of states and nations”, Asserting, “ years after the overthrow of socialism and the dissolution of the Soviet Union, all those who celebrated and promised a world of peace, security, freedom, and justice have been completely refuted. Their world, the infamous ‘world of Western values' is a world of barbarity, exploitation, war, refugees, economic crises, hundreds of thousands of victims due to the pandemic or military interventions; it is a world of monsters, that is, capitalism.”
It added, “People such as Biden, Scholz, Putin, Zelenskiy, etc. are part of this world, together with all the “authoritarian” and “democrat” ones who defend the freedom of the few to determine the fate of the many and constitute different aspects of the dictatorship of capital.”
Calling it an imperialist it cited examples of wars in Yugoslavia and in the Middle East and North Africa region, in Iraq, in Syria, in Libya, and Afghanistan as well as the ongoing Israeli occupation of Palestine. It mentioned how in the beginning of 1990, the European Union’s seal of approval led to the intervention of NATO in 1999, resulting in the final dismemberment of Yugoslavia and its fragmentation.
It said, Greece was played a major part and parcel in promoting “imperialist competition”, giving examples of how all previous governments patronised all NATO decisions and plans regarding the expansion of this murderous organization and the encirclement of Russia. “In addition to the Souda base, they had already launched the installation of new US–NATO bases in the country, such as that of Alexandroupolis, Larissa, and Stefanovikeio, which are already been utilized as a transport and deployment hub of military forces to Eastern Europe”, it added.
 The Communist party of Ecuador-Red Sun said, “Lenin stated that ‘a characteristic of imperialism is the rivalry between various great powers in striving for hegemony, for the conquest of territory... to weaken an adversary and undermine his hegemony.’ From the permanent and systematic aggression against third world countries, imperialism has expanded its ‘range of action’ to settle the contradictions they have among themselves in a more open and direct way, particularly between the hegemonic Yankee imperialist superpower and the imperialist powers. Russian and Chinese.”
“With this objective, both some and others have instrumentalized semi-colonial countries, such as the case of Ukraine, to get closer, more and more, to the third world war that will surely not leave anything good for humanity as a whole”, it added.
Condemning “Russian imperialism and Yankee imperialism (in collusion with some first world countries such as Germany, England, Canada, etc. raised in NATO)”, it called upon “oppressed classes in Ukraine to redouble their efforts to promote the national liberation revolution…”
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*Freelance journalist

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